Since there are always attractions in Japan throughout the year, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding the best time and place to visit in Japan. Here is a breakdown of the attractions in all 4 seasons in Japan.
In Japan, the winter season is between December and February. You can go skiing or visit hot springs as part of your trip, as well as enjoying the winter cuisine of hot pot stews like shabu-shabu or oden. You can also opt to celebrate Christmas Japanese style, with their unique celebrations and events. However, know that the New Year time is the busiest travel season in Japan, so make travel arrangements in advance if you plan to start the New Year there.
The Japanese spring is between March and May and is the best time to be in Japan. The season brings with it lots of flower festivals and events, such as the plum blossom festival called ume matsuri, and the cherry blossom viewing at Daigoji Temple. There is also the Golden Week which has 4 public holidays between the end of April and beginning of May. Just like new year’s, Golden Week is a very busy time, so plan your Japan travel guides well in advance if you wish to attend any of the celebrations.
Summer in Japan is another great time to visit as is spans from June to August and brings a host of festivals and events. Fireworks competitions are held throughout the country, as well as Tanabata, a festival about starcrossed lovers who could only meet on that day, which falls on July 7. The largest festival of the Japanese summer is Obon, which involves honoring ancestors. It is held in mid-July in the east and mid-August in the west of Japan, and most people travel to their villages to visit graveyards. This means transportation is packed during this celebration.
If you want to see the most colorful season in Japan, visit during the fall between September and November. Autumn festivals are held throughout the country to celebrate the harvest. It is also the perfect time to go hiking, although get a Japan tourist guide to offer advice on the types of animals you may encounter on the hiking trip. Lots of fairs are also held during the fall in Japan, and the fall colors have been compared to the beauty of the cherry blossoms in the spring.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do and see throughout the seasons in Japan, but the spring and fall seasons are always recommended. Do consult a comprehensive Japan hotel guide if you plan to visit during festivals or peak seasons in Japan.
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